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POLICE have released an image of a man sought for questioning over a scrub fire that threatened houses at East Ivanhoe, in Melbourne’s northeast.
Up to 50 Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) officers fought the three hectare blaze blaze in scrub that began in the Yarra Flats at East Ivanhoe about 3pm (AEDT), police said.
It’s believed the fire was deliberately lit and police are investigating.
Update:Â Churchill arson suspect arrested
- John Silvester
- February 13, 2009 –The Age
Police have made a breakthrough in Victoria’s massive arson investigation with the arrest of a Gippsland man this morning.
The 39-year-old Churchill man was arrested by members of police taskforce Ignis, which has been investigating the cause of the fires.
He is expected to be charged with arson causing death.
The maximum penalty is 25 years. At least ten people died as a result of the Churchill blaze and police expect the toll to rise.
The man is expected to appear in court later today.
More to come.
Continued Bush Fire….
The fire disrupted traffic on nearby Banksia Street and sent a plume of smoke across several suburbs.
“Investigators would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time,” police said.
The man they seek has a dark complexion, and is in his early-to-mid 20s.Â
He is about 180cm tall and was seen wearing black pants, a polo shirt and yellow-rimmed sunglasses and carrying a black back pack.